Archive for April, 2018


2 Common Medical Malpractice Claim Mistakes

April 25, 2018

Filing a medical malpractice claim requires experience, patience, and evidence.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know how hospitals, doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals protect themselves from claims, and that’s why we’re able to provide high-quality legal representation for victims like you who were hurt by the negligence of others.

But we also know that even seemingly minor mistakes can jeopardize entire claims and make it difficult or impossible for victims to get the compensation they deserve. Two of the most common mistakes that medical malpractice victims make include:

  1. Not keeping evidence related to the claim—Our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers will do everything they can to build your claim, but we also need information and evidence such as prescription medication bottles, the names of doctors and hospitals you visited, your initial reason for needing treatment or surgery, and when your treatments occurred.
  2. Waiting too long to file a claim—The statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim in Indiana is two years. But what’s more pressing is how quickly evidence can and will disappear, making it more difficult to prove that your healthcare provider failed to live up to expectations and responsibilities while treating you.

If you believe you were harmed by a medical professional or healthcare facility, contact us today for a free consultation. All we need are the basic facts and information, and we’ll handle the rest of your claim while you focus on getting better.


Nursing Home Abuse Can Happen at Any Time

April 18, 2018

When you first help your loved one move into a nursing home, you may be cautious and anxious about how the staff will treat him or her and whether he or she will receive proper attention and medical care. But as months or even years pass without incident, you may begin to feel more comfortable about the facility and more trusting of the staff members and administrators.

However, it’s important to remember that it only takes one negligent caregiver or healthcare professional to create an abusive or neglectful environment for a nursing home resident.

Regardless of how long your loved one has lived in a nursing home without incident, you should always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect, such as:

  • Unexplained bruises or pain—Physical abuse doesn’t always mean obvious violence. It can also take other subtler forms, including using excessive pressure while bathing residents or being unnecessarily rough while moving them around the facility.
  • Sudden weight loss or decline in health—Nursing home residents are supposed to receive adequate nutrition and medical care. If your loved one begins losing weight or experiencing health problems for seemingly no reason, it may be due to neglect.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana nursing home abuse attorneys know the signs of abuse and neglect, and it’s our goal to stand up for the rights of mistreated residents and their families. Call us today for a free consultation to find out if we can help.

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2 Common Workers’ Compensation Myths

April 11, 2018

Workers’ compensation is a vital safety net for employees throughout Indiana who suffered on-the-job injuries or illnesses and can’t return to work for long periods of time. Almost all businesses in Indiana are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and it can help families keep their heads above water while their loved ones are recuperating from health complications suffered at work.

Over the years, many myths have spread about workers’ compensation. It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, especially if you’ve never needed to file for workers’ compensation benefits. At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers want to help injured workers like you understand the system, how it works, and how it can benefit your family.

When you get in touch with us, we’ll walk you through the application, filing, and appeals process while clearing up common myths, such as:

  1. Filing a workers’ compensation claim means suing your employer – While your employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, filing a claim doesn’t mean you are suing the company. Instead, you are filing a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Indiana.
  2. Getting rejected by the workers’ compensation board means you’re ineligible for benefits – It’s common for workers to be rejected for workers’ compensation benefits when they first apply, as many small oversights, errors, and technicalities can jeopardize otherwise concrete claims. However, you still have a chance to appeal the board’s decision, and we can help.

Don’t stay in the dark about workers’ compensation benefits and how you can obtain them for yourself and your loved ones. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation to learn more and to start your path towards getting the money you deserve.

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Nursing Home Neglect Is A Form of Abuse

April 04, 2018

More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of nursing home abuse, which has led to a greater number of families on the lookout for signs of abuse in their loved ones after they move into nursing facilities.

They may check their loved ones for unexplained cuts and bruises or potential indicators of sexual abuse. However, it’s important to remember that the absence of signs of physical abuse doesn’t mean that patients aren’t being abused mentally. In some cases, residents aren’t specifically targeted, but are instead ignored or neglected by staff members.

That also constitutes a form of abuse, and it can put their lives in danger, as they may become malnourished, dehydrated, and unable to get the medications and medical care they need to survive.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers have helped families after they’ve discovered that their loved ones were being neglected. If you spot any of the following signs in your loved one or at his or her nursing facility, get in touch with us right away:

  • Unsanitary living conditions – Nursing home residents should be allowed to bathe or be bathed frequently, and their clothing and bedding should be refreshed on a regular basis. When those tasks aren’t allowed or aren’t completed on a regular schedule, it can indicate neglect.
  • Worsening health with no clear explanations – Residents who are being neglected may experience poor health, leaving their families concerned—especially if their health problems aren’t urgent or critical. Infrequent access to food, water, and medication can cause rapid and noticeable deterioration in strength and overall health.

Residents who are neglected deserve experienced legal representation, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to get your loved one and your family the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.